RYH Statements & Videos: October 2018 Unelected BOE Meeting

Below is the prepared statement of Joy Clendenning, CPS Parent, LSC Member, and RYH Managing Director. You can watch video of her statement here. You can watch a video here of Laurel Henson, a CPS mom working with RYH to bring attention to the widespread nursing issues within CPS.  Continue reading

10/24 & 10/25: Ask ISBE about new school ratings, punitive opt out policy

Important news for people concerned about the impact of high-stakes standardized testing on Illinois schools. There's not only a new state test this coming spring to replace PARCC, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), but there's also a new state rating system for IL being rolled out later this month, and opt out rate may play a big role in your school’s rating. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 10.19.18: CPSuccess! And more!

#cpsuccess! We are still retweeting away at @CPSuccessChi. Please tag us in your #cpsuccess tweets and use that hashtag! (Note the clever spelling.) Some recent & amazing #cpsuccess stories chosen randomly from our Twitter feed: Continue reading

This Week in Ed 10.12.18: Ongoing Nursing disaster at CPS; LSC workshop tomorrow; New state test for IL and more!

Raise Your Hand had a second meeting with a group of parents, the head of Special Ed and the Chief Operating Officer to discuss major nursing compliance issues at the district. Many students are put in unsafe situations due to lack of coverage, untrained nurses from temp agencies, and lack of continuity of care. Continue reading

LSC Workshop this Saturday- Ellis Park on the South Side!

All LSC members and those interested in the power of LSCs are welcome! Continue reading

ARA report proposes a questionable process built on flawed set of premises

In response to the recent release of the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), we wrote the below statement with Blocks Together and Generation All.  Continue reading

Fundraiser Goal Met! $10,000 Donation Secured! 😊 Cheers to YOU!

YOU CAME THROUGH- via 50 (YES, FIFTY!) online donors we raised an additional $3300+, exceeding our fundraiser goal AND earning that $10,000 donation to pay our rent for a year!!!  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.27.18: Raise a Glass: This Tuesday!

Raise Your Hand's annual fundraiser, Raise a Glass for RYH, is this Tuesday!  Join us at Lagunitas Brewing Company on Tuesday, October 2, from 5:30 - 8:30pm.  Please buy your ticket in advance so we can plan ahead! Continue reading

RYH Statements & Videos from the September 2018 Unelected BOE Meeting

The CPS unelected Board of Ed met on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Raise Your Hand was there, speaking and live tweeting. You can read prepared statements below.  You can find a playlist of 3 videos from the meeting here: Mary Hughes on special education issues, Wendy Katten on nursing issues, and Liz Keenan's (ODLSS Chief) response to the statements.  RYH live tweet thread links: Four new charter schools looking to open in 2019-20, 45 minute data presentation- CPS slides, Alderman Dowell, King, Daley Thompson and Solis speak in support of the new boundaries for the new South Loop HS, and public comment thread. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.20.18 AND Raise a Glass for RYH! Less than 2 weeks away!

Why support RYH at our annual fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct 2, 5:30-8:30pm? A note from a CPS parent & member of our fundraiser committee: Hello fellow public education supporter, I have a photo from six years ago almost to the day: it's my family holding picket signs in the playground behind Ray School from when teachers went on strike over a longer school day and labor conditions. It reminds me of the school closing hearings, state budget fights, and assorted other CPS zaniness over the years. I believe Raise Your Hand keeps the people inside the Board of Ed building from going totally off the rails, which is one reason we helped plan a fundraiser to honor special education parents’ epic fight this past year and raise funds to support continued organizing on this issue and so many other issues on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Continue reading